EU report: Estonia leads Baltic states in drug abuseDecember 05, 2016
According to the European Drug Report 2016, the use of illegal substances is considerably more widespread in Estonia than in Latvia and Lithuania, and above the European Union average when it comes to cannabis, amphetamines, and ecstasy.
The analysis, based predominantly on data for 2014, shows that more than a quarter of EU citizens aged 15 to 64, some 88 million people in all, have used narcotics. Cannabis tops the list, but many have used cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy, and other substances as well. Across the union, more than 13% of people have had experience with cannabis. The highest rates were recorded in the Czech Republic and France, where more than 20% of young people (15-34 years old) admitted to having used cannabis in the last 12 months. Estonia came in after Finland with 13.6%. By comparison, the corresponding rates for Latvia and Lithuania are 7.3% and 5.1% respectively.
In terms of cocaine use, Estonia with 1.3% ranks below the EU average, but still far above its Baltic neighbors, where only 0.3% have used cocaine.
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